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News Flash: Carlos Zambrano is available

Jul 28, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

I know. This is a bit of a bombshell. You may want to take a slug of something strong before trying to get your mind around it.

You’re not gonna believe this one from Buster Olney’s column this morning:

Heard this: The Cubs have made it clear that Carlos Zambrano, who is owed about $42 million left on his contract, is very much available.

This is either a refreshing example of self-awareness and a flash of delicious irony on Buster Olney’s part — realizing the true, troublesome nature of the “heard this” piece — or else it’s evidence that you can safely hold off on that ESPN Insider subscription for another six months.

Either way, I’ll keep passing along gems like this so you won’t miss anything.

  1. Michael - Jul 28, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    I think the best hope the Cubs have is for Z to retire like he’s threatened to in the past. He used to be one of my favorite players, but he’s just so batshit crazy that he just makes me sad now.

  2. Jonny5 - Jul 28, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    The best hope the cubs have, and I’m sure many fans and Pinella himself have prayed for this . Is for the guy to go down in a hail of bullets after losing it again and robbing a bank in his grandma’s Moo moo. Hey that’s more likely than him throwing a shutout isn’t it? I always feel badly for that gatorade cooler he decimated on national tv. Who fears being cracked in the head with a baseball bat? Every active Cub who plays during a game in which Zambrano’s pitching. That’s not good.

  3. walk - Jul 29, 2010 at 2:02 AM

    Trade him to kc or seattle, both have good managers in place and staff that may be able to help him in their more media\player friendly enviornments.

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